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Tom, Roelof, Paul and Ollie help deliver Selworthy session

Four of Somerset’s players were given a grilling in a press conference this week as part of the fourth session of this year’s special education partnership with Selworthy School.

This session saw a number of students take part in the literacy element of the four-part programme.

Learners and staff from the school were given a guided tour of the Cooper Associates County Ground, and various members of staff gave small presentations about the careers and opportunities that are available within the sports industry.

The tour began in the Indoor School of Excellence where Somerset Cricket Board Community Coach, Andrew Skidmore spoke to the students about what the Cricket Board do and how to get involved with coaching.

The students then watched the First XI being put through their paces in the indoor nets before they were shown around the Andrew Caddick Pavilion where they enjoyed a presentation from Head of Strength & Conditioning, Joel Tratt.

After a tour of the Media Centre, where the learners discussed potential careers in journalism, they witnessed a bat making demonstration at M&H before being given a guided tour of the Somerset Cricket Museum by curator David Wood.

After lunch in a hospitality suite, the students then took on the role of sports reporters and took part in a press conference with Tom Abell, Roelof van der Merwe, Paul van Meekeren and Ollie Sale.

The afternoon was then spent writing up a report of their day before the four players joined the learners in their hospitality suite for some relaxed conversation.

Chris Willcocks, Assistant Headteacher at Selworthy School said: “Our recent visit to Somerset County Cricket Club was an amazing experience for our upper school learners. They learnt about the range of careers and opportunities that are available in cricket including coaching, catering and journalism.

“We are truly grateful to the Club for opening our learners eyes and giving them such an inspirational visit.”

Spencer Bishop from Somerset CCC, who organised the day said: “The purpose of this visit was to give the students the opportunity to see that there are career opportunities available in the sporting industry that don’t involve having to be a professional athlete. We wanted the learners to be able to see that there are a large number of potential employment opportunities open to them across a number of areas within the Club.

“I would like to thank everyone who gave a presentation on the day and the four players who took part in the press conference. Tom, Roelof, Paul and Ollie were outstanding with the children as always and I know that we are all looking forward to continuing this mutually beneficial partnership in 2020.”

Selworthy School is a co-educational special school for children and young people with learning disabilities aged 4 to 19.

The partnership developed between Somerset County Cricket Club and Selworthy School covered a total of four topics during the course of the year and these were:

Over the course of the year, the programme covers:

  • Healthy eating– Somerset players visited the school and helped to cook lunch.
  • Physical activity – Students visited the Cooper Associates County Ground for fun training sessions in the indoor Centre of Excellence
  • Numeracy– Somerset players visited the school and helped to deliver a cricket themed maths session.
  • Literacy– Students visited the Cooper Associates County Ground for a tour which was followed by a special press conference.  The students then spent the afternoon in a hospitality suite writing a report of their day.

For more information on Selworthy School please click here

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